Worst Car Ever Driven? - leef
Just a thought me and some of guys had in work today. We all had to name the worst car we had ever driven and reason why.
I came up with the Rover 75, although it was alright to drive when it worked, has sat nav, climate etc pretty much everything failed on it on the 2 years I had it as a company pool car, engine blew up, front suspension broke, exhaust hanging off, climate control failed numerouse times due to leaks etc.

So my question is, whats the worst car you have personally drove and why???

(not sure if this comes under naming and shaming???)
Worst Car Ever Driven? - stunorthants
How are we defining this - the worst car or the worst driving experience?
Worst Car Ever Driven? - leef
How are we defining this - the worst car or the
worst driving experience?


Either one, just state in your message.
cheers
Lee
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Happy Blue!
Vauxhall Cavalier c1988. Three years old, 120,000 mies and a totally knackered pool car. it did not stand up to the use at all. Gearbox was so rubbish that finding any gear was almost impossible. Other Vauxhalls i drove later displayed similar inability to reach high miles and many drivers. I avoid now like the plague.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - BazzaBear {P}
FIAT Citivan. High enough sitting position to feel terribly precarious, low enough that there was no SUV type advantage. No grip of any kind in any conditions.
The thing that really made it the worst car I've ever driven was this: On every journey, you felt you were likely to have a crash.

Oh, and on the motorway, for no reason which was ever successfully diagnosed, it used to conk out every 15 minutes and leave you sitting on the hard shoulder for 5 mins until it would start again.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - DP
1998 Polo 1.9D (non-turbo). Woefully gutless, numb steering, soggy handling, crap brakes, creaky interior, lots of niggling faults, not particularly economical (45mpg) and going rusty at 6 yrs old. No redeeming features at all apart from the hoardes of eager prospective VW owners who all but kicked the door in to pay me the asking price when I sold it, and the £300 I trousered after 6 months ownership.

Cheers
DP
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Lud
Box-bodied Transit non-turbo diesel takes a bit of beating for reluctance. So does early Polo, petrol in this case.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - DP
Box-bodied Transit non-turbo diesel takes a bit of beating for reluctance.


Ah yes, how could I forget?! I had the misfortune of having to drive one of these the entire length of the M1(Leeds to London) with a tonne and a bit of printing kit on the back.

55 on the flat (eventually)
30 uphill.
70 downhill.

I know commercials aren't supposed to be performance vehicles, but come-on!

Cheers
DP

Worst Car Ever Driven? - L'escargot
1936 Wolseley 14 ~ bought in 1956 for £25. It developed severe front wheel wobble at anything over 40 mph and the only thing to do then was to slow down to virtually a standstill. It developed a hole in the top of one of the pistons shortly after I bought it and it went to the scrapyard after 3 months.
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L\'escargot.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Lud
Oh yes, how could I forget my father's 1934 Rover 10? The drop-arm bearing was shot which put a good three inches of play on the steering wheel, but worse than that, the plate holding the drop-arm bearing, held onto the steering box by four smallish nuts, would come loose after a few miles giving what felt like half a turn of play... Fortunately it wasn't very fast, but it was quite fast enough to be terrifying. He sold it to an unwary young man whose mother brought it back. Embarrassing.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - L'escargot
The drop-arm bearing was shot which put a good three inches
of play on the steering wheel, .........


I don't suppose anyone who hasn't driven a car before MOTs were introduced can appreciate what it's like to be able to turn the steering wheel several inches at the rim before the road wheels start to pivot. I drove a car that had 5" play and I couldn't keep it in a straight line. But that was what old cars were like in those days. And you'd buy a car that was 20 years old with hardly a second thought.
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L\'escargot.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Mike H
Diesel Discovery pool car - had a bad back at the time & couldn't even work out how to adjust the seats so spent the whole journey in agony. I was saddled with a return journey of 80 miles. It was gutless, uncomfortable, almost impossible to keep in a straight line, and downright dangerous in anything OTHER than a straight line!
Worst Car Ever Driven? - landmarked
I'd like to add my vote to the Polo. Along with everything below, I'd like to add:
- Fading paint
- Noisy in town
- Noisy on the open road
- Deafening on the motorway.


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Worst Car Ever Driven? - Kingpin
2CV - great car in standard form but mine had burnt out the valves on one of the pistons, hence it was a 1CV with 300cc and about 15bhp - unknown to me I thought they were all like that. Took it down the M6 to Birmingham on a white knuckle drive, 50mph flat out and HGV's draught causing doors to bulge open showing daylight. Used to start up like one of those single cylinder diesel engines used on building site dumper trucks.
Got it fixed at a garage and it flew in comparison when all 29 horses were unleashed.
More recently a 1993 Kia Pride - (aka Kia Shame) - suspension so soft like driving a mattress, front used to rear up when setting off from traffic lights, not from the awesome power I might add...
Worst Car Ever Driven? - JH
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there was the Cavalier 1.6 automatic. Put your foot down and then wait.
the dypsomaniac Montego estate
and I have to confess to my first car (Singer Chamois) where I reckoned all of the faults were down to it's age so I bought a Hillman Imp and found out that they weren't.

Other than that I've been either lucky or tolerant!

JH
Worst Car Ever Driven? - mrmender
Any of the 3 Morris Marina's i've owned (Yes i know 3!) the steering was a bit like a kids home made go cart with the steering operated by string!
Worst Car Ever Driven? - JH
Mr M
ooh, yes, I forgot my Dad's Marina. Heated rear window switch to the right of the steering column, warning light to the left. Still it was obscured by the steering wheel so what the heck?
JH
Worst Car Ever Driven? - nortones2
Corsa. Hire cars after flight: no others available, so take it or leave it. Twice I got these damn things. Awful clutch, rotten feeble engine, built like a tinplate toy. No doubt they are better now, but what heaps they were.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Mapmaker
1.4 Montego. Gutless isn't the word for it - I learned to drive on it - and pranged it on some black ice; we weren't sorry to see it go, and the insurance co paid out far more than my father thought it was worth.

My mother's Allegro estate in bright yellow. Great fun car, but it drank oil from new, had a new engine at 6k. I never drove it.

non TD transit, 1987 E, by the time it was 15 years old. Ugh, ugh ugh. Gutless, no idea about straight lines, gearbox like stirring porridge, and it drained the battery flat within a week, just standing.

Worst Car Ever Driven? - local yokel
Austin A40 - used to get carb icing going over Portsdown Hill in winter. My Dad's dockyard banger; he was in the RN, and only drove said bangers to/from the Dockyard - about 12 miles each way. I learned to drive in it.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - madf
Hired a Mark1 Vauxhall Viva: Glasgow > England return 4 weightlifters.
Brakes : rubbish.
Engine: worn out at 50k miles.
Could not steer in a straight line : made brother's 1953 Ford Anglia look a racing car....
madf
Worst Car Ever Driven? - paulvm
Agree about the Morris Marina. I had an estate version in elegant chocolate brown. The 1.3 engine struggled even when empty, and especially when travelling back fully loaded from the south of France!
To be fair though it saved my wife's life when someone overtook on double white lines coming towards her and hit her head on. She was bruised and battered, and the Marina front end was half its original length.
The Austin Maxi which replaced it was a revelation at the time!
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Lud
The Marina was far from wonderful, especially with the drum brakes my father's example came with, but it went all right if you didn't try to go fast, was easy to maintain and quite economical. Not good, but not the worst by any means.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - mk124
Not sure what to say. I have only driven 4 cars, An '89 Cavalier, a '96 Clio, a '05 Doblo and '00 Golf. The problem is they are all good cars.
The Cavalier was probably the worst though. It used to lose power in cool temperatures to the extent if you floored it in 1st it would only creep forward. The last month I drove it was scary. The fron't brake pads had worn out and the brake disks were becoming warped. When driving in a straight line it used to thus make a scrapeing noise and I could not bring it to a stop smoothly.
The problem was that to do the necessary work would have cost £100+ and my dad was looking for another car to replace the Cavalier for me to drive in, so it did not make sense for me to shell out to repair the brakes. On the last trip to the scrappy it was positivly terrifying going down a long hill I know that ends at a main road.
The Clio that replaced it was slower, but quieter and safer.

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Torque means nothing without RPM
Worst Car Ever Driven? - zm
VW Golf VR6: Unbeleaveably overrated, not that quick (175hp from a 2.8, when Merc had a 2.8 producing 193hp in the 70's?), appaling understeer, soggy handling, hard ride, useless brakes, not that refined, hopeless economy, average build quality. The MK2 GTI that I took in P/X for it was so much better....
Saab 9000 Aero: Indirect steering, too much body flex (felt like a convertible at times), hard suspension, but no handling benefit whatsoever, iffy electrics, vague gearshift & steering, felt surprisingly fragile. Just who was it for???? (Quite liked the standard 9000 though)

NB: Both these 1 owner cars with good histories. Just goes to show what a lot of overated tat many so called 'performance' cars are. There might be nothing wrong with lesser models in the range but they go to pieces when turned into something they are not capable of being.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Mapmaker
That's just reminded me... hire car; 1.0litre (or less??) nova/corsa c1998, virtually new, auto box. Rice pudding skin was safe with that around! All the way to Sussex and back was way too far.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Roly93
The outright winner for me was a Metro 1.0 City I had as a courtesy car, it was actually more like an insult car !
In second place would be my wifes old 1.4 Mk 3 Golf (the one with no PAS and 4 speed gbox).
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Group B
Once spent a very cold winter driving an MG Metro with a broken heater. Used to carry a flask of hot water to pour onto the screen when it iced up.

In terms of driving experience it was a mates' colleagues' early Mondeo TD estate with starship mileage, that I was asked to drive home from Oxford to Sheffield. It was full of junk, dog hairs, dirt, food wrappers and bad smells; partially collapsed rear suspension, horrible steering, horrible brakes. And something very wrong with the engine; on pressing the accelerator it would take a good 15 seconds before a meagre amount of turbo boost developed. In hindsight it was probably unroadworthy and I shoud have refused, but I wanted to get home!
Worst Car Ever Driven? - George Porge
Worst was a Yugo 513 owned by my B-I-L

Agree with everything said about Mk3 Golf VR6, the worst car I've owned, evil handling.


Worst Car Ever Driven? - Clanger
Marina 1.3 hire car. At the time I had a clapped out, rusty Triumph 2000 auto and needed reliable transport for a weekend away with mate and girlfriends (now wives). It was blowing a full gale as we swayed nervously from lane to lane of the A1 up to Newcastle. Shocking; it felt as though all the running gear was held to the body with knicker elastic. Foolishly, I was the only driver, and needed some serious Newcastle Brown therapy when we arrived.
Issigonis only got his act together when he designed FWD cars :-x
Hawkeye
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Stranger in a strange land
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Lud
Issigonis only got his act together when he designed FWD cars
:-x


I doubt very much if Issigonis had anything substantive to do with the Marina.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - stunorthants
Not really a car, but by far the worst thing ive ever driven - Talbot Motorhome circa 1985 with a 2.0 litre petrol engine, no PAS and just the worst gearbox ive ever come across.
I had to collect it for an MOT test and the driveway to get to the main road was about a 40 degree incline - the engine was so underpowered, when cold the thing couldnt make it up the drive even at max revs without stalling. In the end I had to wait until it was warmed up until I could get it to the main road.

It was only then I discovered the gearbox didnt have the ability to select gears, so starting off was rather dicey as it was all very well getting it up to speed in first gear, but by the time you found second, it had slowed down so much it bogged down.
I think third was prob the worst one to find as the gate was so wide and it wasnt quite central and forward, so in a hurry, you usually got 5th. It was also really heavily sprung just to add to the fun.

I did eventually coax it up to 50 but only the once!
Worst Car Ever Driven? - SimonM
For me it had to be a mid 90's vauxhall frontera 2.3d intercooler, That was without doubt the sorriest excuse for a car ive ever had the mis fortune to drive

simon
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Mad Maxy
Worst car all round: 1994 Rover 220 GSi

Equal worst car to own: 1987 Peugeot 205 GTI
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Jamesh266
I have owned several cars which many of you would consider rubbish - Citroen Visa, 2CV, XM, Fiat Uno, Rover Montego and Rover Sterling. However, I liked things about all of those cars, and they were positively brilliant compared to the three worst cars I have ever driven (I couldn't pick an absolute worst).

They are, in no particular order:

- My base model VW Polo that had done 120k. Despite passing an MOT, it had no brakes to speak of, rubbish handling, no acceleration, and a fault which meant that you had to stop every 60 miles to put more oil in it for it to blow back through the air filter.

- A Vauxhall Corsa 12V, which was a courtesy car from the garage during one of the Polo's many visits for repairs. It had a really warm heater, but that's the only nice thing I can say about it. It was slow, had a rubbish gear change, heavy and vague steering, and it could only manage 28mpg on a motorway run. On top of that, it would accelerate (slowly) by itself while in traffic jams for no apparent reason.

- 2001 Kia Rio automatic, rented in Tobago. The car was clapped out and badly maintained, i.e no front brake pads to speak of. However, I think it was rubbish when it was new. Like the other two, it had rubbish steering, but at least it was light. The interior was obviously modelled on a 1978 Datsun minicab, and like all rubbish cars it seemed to drink petrol (less than 25 to the gallon) despite being incredibly slow. The auto box changed gear like a particularly incompetent learner, and always seemed to be shifting back and forth between two gears, both of which were wrong for the conditions.

I feel much better after that rant.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - blue_haddock
Equal worst car to own: 1987 Peugeot 205 GTI


How the hell can you say that about such a car? excellent car that still gives a lot of modern so called hot hatches a run for its money.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Bromptonaut
Two examples.

A 1989 Maestro 1.3, throttle seemed to act only to increase the noise, bit like my father's 1966 Simca 1500 20 yrs earlier. Other was an early base model Polo owned by my sister, sole redeeming feature was that the lack of power made the crap brakes slightly less scary than they would have been on a bigger engined variant.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Steptoe
Remember Commer vans? Engine between seats, narrower front track than rear.....I drove one of these for BT in the eighties. I often had to work in Gt Yarmouth and travelling down the Acle straight in a crosswind it was neccessary to wind on five or six degrees on the wheel to keep it on the road, then when an oncoming lorry took the wind it veered suicidely across the road towards it.

I was always very conscious of the mere couple of millimetres of metal that was all that stood between me and the oncoming juggernauts, fortunately a year or so later BT went over to a all transit fleet for their medium vans.
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One mans junk is another mans treasure
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Pugugly {P}
Jeep Grand Cherokee Automatic, hidious, slow, hidious, poor driving position, hidious, horrid engine, hidious, worst auto box ever, hidious oh and it was hidious.







and laws were most numerous when the commonwealth was most corrupt. Tacitus, Annals
Worst Car Ever Driven? - AlastairW
A Renault 19. I'm sure it wasn't a bad car when new, but 11 years and 145,000 miles had not been kind to it. I had the use of it for two weeks, but managed to avoid driving it on all bar two days!
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Lud
Hey Steptoe, yes indeedy, was talking about one only the other day with my old pal whose antique dealing mother used to have one. Her left arm had gone for some reason, so some ingenious garage man had welded a long crank on the gear lever to take the knob over to the right. Took a bit of getting used to, but worked, sort of.

My first wife and eldest daughter, then in arms, fell out of it as a result of the daughter's foot hitting the door handle as I turned right into the Bayswater Road in a wet winter after-dark rushhour once. No one ran over them and neither was hurt. One of several such moments in a terrifying life.

The owner's son reminded me that although slow and ill-handling with its very narrow front track, the thing could wind up to quite a speed down a good hill.

It sometimes amazes me that I and many others are still alive and unmaimed.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - psi
Citroen ZX 1.4 Avantage J reg. (what the "avantage" meant I can only begin to wonder). 147,000 miles, semi automatic transmission (the slipping clutch matched with a knackered gearbox meant you only had to "gesture" what gear you wanted, no need to de-clutch!). Reverse crunched *every* time it was selected- hideously embarrasing when parking at tescos etc..., the heaviest steering I have ever had the displeasure to wrestle. noisy around town, deafening on the motorway (and the radio would not unlock so I had to listen to the engine *shudder*). instrument cluster worked when it felt like it (petrol gauge swung from amber light to half full every 30 seconds- good guessing game, rev counter worked for about 12 minutes of ownership), crap fuel economy, slow oil leak from sump, head gasket failed (i did not repair, sold the carxxx heap) Oh, and the handling was absolutely AWFUL. and all this wrapped up in what must be the UGLIEST body, cheapest (shiny plastic, joints all seperated from rest of car, and partly sun faded) interior, and miserable looking set of wheels I have ever seen. I gave up bangernomics after owning this. Oh, and both door locks were seized up, took messing with WD40 for hours to get them unlockable.

The electric windows worked though.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - boxsterboy
Citroen ZX 1.4 Avantage J reg. Oh, and
the handling was absolutely AWFUL. >>


And yet in it's day it was rated as one of the best, if not the best handling small hatchbacks, like my L-reg ZX 1.9D was.

Either you know nothing about handling or the shocks were worn. You can hardly blame the car for your neglected maintenance,
Worst Car Ever Driven? - DP
I agree, the car must have been badly broken.

Unless you chucked it into a corner too quick and had to back off the throttle. What the car does then tends to get the old pulse rate up if you're not expecting it!
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Kevin
A VW Beetle of indeterminate age that I was given as a temporary Co. car when I arrived at De Beers Sw. Africa in the late '70s.

It had a 6V electrical system that had enough power to turn the starter motor OR provide a spark but not both at the same time. The accelerator pedal had fallen off leaving a bit of bent wire with a plastic roller on the end. The drivers seat would detach itself from it's rails and a weld on the backrest had broken. Thankfully neither the acceleration nor braking were up to scratch. Also, the windscreen washers were powered by air pressure from the spare wheel so if you had a puncture (common on dirt roads) you lost your washers. This was actually a good thing because the windscreen was so badly pitted and covered with sand that water made things worse.

Kevin...
Worst Car Ever Driven? - mare
Said it before, but:

Ford Escort mk 4 - my dad had a C reg one that i used to drive. Shocking example of built down to a price from Ford's " we really can't be bothered, these mugs will buy anything with a Ford badge" decade, the 1980's. This thing was a 1.6GL, lots of chrome trim and velour, but AM only radio, no central locking or electric anything, fuel tank fell off, gearbox rebuilt at 2 years old. To drive it was a horrid shed, no power steering and compared to other cars it felt like the tyres were flat. Horrid shocking heap, and my experience backed up by the other Escorts i drove at the time at work, including D964OAX, which distinguished itself by failing it's first MOT in 1990 on 20 points.

Other Fords from the same time that were absolute pants include the Mk2 Fiesta (first company car) with unequal drive shafts, which was nice on the twisties, and the Mk3 K reg that i took to 120,000 miles, which was OK, if cheap and underpowered. The Sierra and Mondeos were great though.

That Escort put me off Fords for life. Bought mainly Japanese since.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - boxsterboy
Another vote for the Polo (Mk 2) breadvan type circa 1985.

It belonged to the then girlfriend and being a chivalrous chap I volunteered to upgrade the stereo. This meant a trip to the motor factors to get various fittings, and it was during this trip that I discovered the meaning of poor brakes.

They were so poor I almost put my foot through the floor trying to get them to work.

I gathered afterwards that VW couldn't engineer a servo in the RHD conversion but didn't upgrade the brakes at all to compensate.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - paulb {P}
2002 Nissan Micra (must have been getting on for the last of that shape). Lent to me a few years ago under one of those insurance-provided "get you mobile until the repairers give you a courtesy car" arrangements.

I am sure they are very reliable and all that, but it was the most comprehensively nasty little car I have ever driven (and I've owned numbers of small Fiats, too).

Everything about it felt flimsy. Tinny, wobbly doors. Horrible rubbery plastics that made my hands sticky within minutes of setting out. Slow as hell and horribly thrashy with it (the paperwork claimed that it had the 1.3 engine, so what on earth the 1.0 must have been like I don't care to think). Wallowed dreadfully round corners at even the slowest speeds.

Put it this way, the 3-cyl Corsa that I got from the repairers after a couple of days felt like a quantum leap forward by comparison.

I really, really hope that I merely had a bad example and that not all Micras of that design were as thoroughly vile as that one.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Engineer Andy
2002 Nissan Micra (must have been getting on for the last of that shape). Lent to me a few years ago under one of those insurance-provided "get you mobile until the repairers give you a courtesy car" arrangements. I am sure they are very reliable and all that, but it was the most comprehensively nasty little car I have ever driven (and I've owned numbers of small Fiats, too).
Everything about it felt flimsy. Tinny, wobbly doors. Horrible rubbery plastics that made my hands sticky within minutes of setting out. Slow as hell and horribly thrashy with it (the paperwork claimed that it had the 1.3 engine, so what on earth the 1.0 must have been like I don't care to think). Wallowed dreadfully round corners at even the slowest speeds.<<


As a former owner (for almost 8 years) of a Nissan Micra 1.0 (1996N), I can safely say the weren't that bad on handling, although they didn't have much 'go' in them.

I did notice that sometime around 2000, it appeared (to me at least) that the interior and exterior quality of the new cars at the showrooms had decidedly dipped, probably to recoup some of the profits lost when car prices generally dropped (was there influence from Renault?).

I did read somewhere that, even though the two original engines were uprated, they were actually slower to 60mph than the outgoing engined-models at the time (maybe they all had a/c).

What a shame - they were good cars when they first appeared, but did not keep up with its rivals. I wouldn't be suprised that (along with the rest of the 'standard' range) Nissan drop European sales of the Micra in a few years - there's definately less of them being sold than the K11 (previous model). I bet Toyota/Honda are loving this - many long-term Micra owners will probably buy Yarises/Aygo's/Jazzes when they are due for replacement.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Mookfish
Shocking example of built down
to a price from Ford's " we really can't be bothered,
these mugs will buy anything with a Ford badge" decade, the
1980's.


I don't think it was just the 1980's, I currently have a 98 escort, and it felt like a big step down in every way from the 1990 Renault I had before. (okay a big step down in fuel consumption as well, the Renault was an auto.)
Worst Car Ever Driven? - TheOilBurner
Vauxhall Corsa 1.0 "Easytronic" It had just about enough power, but the gearbox was abysmal. In auto mode, every single gear change was accompanied by a neck snapping lurch in the car. In manual mode it was little better either, and partly removed the advantage of an auto, if you're forced to change gears yourself to save your neck. You might as well have a proper manual version and put up with using the clutch - at least that's smooth to drive.

Other than that, it was the usual Corsa rubbish of cheap and nasty interior with a centre console that pointed away from the driver, obviously set-up for LHD and Vauxhall couldn't be bothered to convert it for RHD use.

A family friend also received the same "courtesy" car a couple of weeks later, apparently they thought it so bad they drove it the short distance home and took the bus to work instead!!! :)
Worst Car Ever Driven? - PW
1986 Fiat Panda. Horrible tinny little shed. Belonged to a friends mum, only drove it once for a short distance, but gave me quite a severe pain in my right leg for the entire journey. Car was just dire.

Conversely I have owned 3 mk 2 Polos and, yes the brakes were appalling but it did teach me some fairly good anticipation skills. My Mum had a BX diesel at the time, didn't have ABS and the brake pedal was more of a switch. Was insured to drive that, and was quite interesting jumping between the two cars.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - boxsterboy
Yes, that must have been quite a shock jumping between those two. BXs have superb brakes ... once you are used to them.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Oliver.P
1997 Renault Laguna 1.8 RT Sport.

This is probably the best looking car I have ever owned but also by far the worst. Really gutless performance; no torque to speak of, reluctant to rev, unresponsive. To add insult to injury it was also greedy on fuel (~32MPG). Its not too much of an exagguration to say that my Renault 19 1.4e felt like a rocket in comparison. I replaced the Laguna with an Audi 80 2.0 and noticed a saving on my petrol bill! I owned the car for a year and had too many faults to mention. The road holding wasn't very confidence inspiring either. It did have very nice seat though!


2003 Fiat Stillo 1.2 Hire car

Brand new - 20 miles on the clock. Amazingly gutless for a 80bhp engine. It struggled to pull 6th gear on the flat at 70mph. I thought Italian car were meant to be fun to drive; the steering was numb, the gearbox was horrible and artificial feeling and the brakes were horrible.

My first car was a 1982 1.1 Fiesta which I thought was pretty good until I drove a Polo of the same era! The performance was chalk and cheese compared with the Fiesta. It was much cheaper to run also. The brakes on the Polo aren't great but then nor was most small cars of the time.

Great thread!

Worst Car Ever Driven? - Glaikit Wee Scunner {P}
My 1.3l Morris Marina Mk II, although the worst built and fastest deteriorating car I've ever owned, was actually not bad to drive and when fitted with 145 section ZXs on the front and 155 on the rear handled decently.

The worst to drive I guess was my father's 1967 Humber Sceptre (one of the first Hillman Hunter derived versions).Cross ply tyres (C41) giving appalling grip with a tramp prone rear axle made for an interesting drive on the granite setts in Embra.

The Rapier H120 that followed was at least rather fast with it and did have radials (SP68).
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Worst Car Ever Driven? - AlastairW
Oi, my first car was a 1989 Panda, amd it was great until I crashed it. It would do 83mph given a long enough hill!
Worst Car Ever Driven? - RogerPJ
1986 Fiat Panda. Horrible tinny little shed. Belonged to
a friends mum, only drove it once for a short distance,
but gave me quite a severe pain in my right leg
for the entire journey. Car was just dire.
Conversely I have owned 3 mk 2 Polos and, yes the
brakes were appalling but it did teach me some fairly good
anticipation skills. My Mum had a BX diesel at the
time, didn't have ABS and the brake pedal was more of
a switch. Was insured to drive that, and was quite
interesting jumping between the two cars.


Oi PW, shouldn't you be doing some work instead of insulting my poor Mum's beloved Fiat Panda? Seriously though, it was a thoroughly awful car that nearly killed me on a number of occassions (my Mum gave up driving because she hated it so much)... The 1991 1.6 Montego that followed it was much better (not a hard act to follow though!)

Agree about the Corsa, I had one as a hire car and it was dreadful. Worst car I've ever driven was a non-turbo Merc 250D auto with a whole 75BHP. It's the only auto I've ever driven that actually slowed down when the auto-box kicked down!
Worst Car Ever Driven? - grafen
New shape Micra - tinny, gutless, noisy. Worse than having teeth pulled!
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Xileno {P}
Escort 1.8 TD 1996. Dreadful noisy diesel, appalling torque steer and turbo lag, horrid cheap interior. Off boost it could barely move with five on board. A 1980's PSA diesel was light years ahead.

But it was reliable and cheap to run.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - DP
I was wondering when something powered by a Ford 1.8 TD engine would put in an appearance.

I have a Mondeo 1.8TD and it's been a really good car to me, but I completely understand why these engines offend people. Coarse doesn't even begin to cover it. But it is very reliable.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Nsar
Kangoo.

Just ghastly.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - PW
Really glad you said that as was considering one when I bought the Xsara- till I saw one parked outside the office.

Another dire car for me was an 86 1.6L Sierra. Bit of a relief it was gutless as the steering seemed to operate in a different time zone to the steering wheel. Dad had one as a loan car when his company car was stolen and written off. Someone then kindly drove into the Sierra whilst I was driving it.

Perversely he also had a 1.8 Sierra as a loan car, and that felt much better for some reason.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - quizman
Worst vehical was a J4 van. The steering was so heavy and it was so nose fronted that I used to put several bags of corn on the back axle.

My sheepdog liked to sit on the engine cover in the winter, nice and warm for him.

It was a terrible van, has anyone else on the backroom driven a J4?
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Roger Jones
Ford Zephyr Mk IV, circa 1972 -- a barge if there ever was one, its six-cylinder engine notwithstanding -- closely followed by a woefully underpowered 2 litre Ford Granada in the late 1970s.

And I musn't forget the VW 411LE Variant, which was fine as long as I put at least two large boxes of books in the front boot to keep it on the ground in motorway sidewinds and also if you didn't mind taking an awful long time to come to a halt.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Lud
Ford Zephyr Mk IV, circa 1972


The aircraft carrier bonnet one RJ? Horrible looking thing, swing axle rear end too I believe. But what was wrong with your 411's brakes? Mine used to stop all right.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Roger Jones
Lud

My 411 was usually heavily laden. It certainly wasn't easy to stop.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - PhilW
"Worst vehicle was a J4 van"

That reminds me of a friend who had a very ancient and rusty one when he was restoring a house . We were loading bags of cement into it one day when it suddenly made a rather plaintive groaning noise and sagged in the middle until it was gounded. Did we laugh?
Must agree with comments on Micras. I hired one of the original shape ones in the mid '90s and it put me off Nissans forever.
Also remember the 1967ish Humber Sceptre ("sporty" Minx/Singer Vogue clone with twin headlights etc). A friend used to drive his Dad's with some enthusiasm and it seemed to go and handle quite well - by the standards of the time!
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Worst Car Ever Driven? - peterb
"2001 Kia Rio automatic, rented in Tobago. The car was clapped out and badly maintained, i.e no front brake pads to speak of. However, I think it was rubbish when it was new. Like the other two, it had rubbish steering, but at least it was light. The interior was obviously modelled on a 1978 Datsun minicab, and like all rubbish cars it seemed to drink petrol (less than 25 to the gallon) despite being incredibly slow. The auto box changed gear like a particularly incompetent learner, and always seemed to be shifting back and forth between two gears, both of which were wrong for the conditions."

Cross out 2001 and Tobago and replace with 2003 and Puerto Rico. However you forgot to mention the useless engine mapping with hopeless flat spots in unexpected places!
Worst Car Ever Driven? - mike hannon
Yes, I remember the J4. My firm bought one after having Bedford CAs, which were OK. I borrowed the J4 a couple of times and I remember the gearchange - a lever poking out from behind the seats with about three feet of movement each time you tried to get up a bit of steam between lurching round corners. In due course they saw the Trannie light...
Worst Car Ever Driven? - bristolmotorspeedway {P}
Worst (expected) - 70s Mini Clubman estate belonging to a friend; the brakes had scared me witless within a few hundred yards, so I never even got to try that legendary Mini handling - if indeed it applied to the estate.

Worst (unexpected) - '94 306 Diesel (non-turbo), poverty spec. Heavy clutch and steering, ponderous acceleration, unrefined, uncomfortable. So bad that when I hit a tree parking it, I felt barely a twinge of guilt.

And the mags of the time had led me to believe this was the car we should all be driving; that was when I lost all faith in road tests.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - 659FBE
The worst cars I've driven were an Austin 16 fitted with a Borgward diesel engine and a 70s Chrysler Hillman Hunter.

The Austin was slow and ponderous as far as making progress, but really sprightly when "kangarooing" under (what passed for) acceleration. It could leap around quite spectacularly until a gear change (a carefully planned operation) quelled the kangaroo. The Girling rod operated brakes needed a request note to provide any retardation. The handbrake was quite good though, although a bit disconcerting when you saw the footbrake pedal flop to the floor when it was applied.

The Chrysler Hunter on its original equipment Dunlop C41 tyres (did either of these manufacturers have a conscience?) has been commented upon by others - a quite unbelievable lack of roadholding and handling - everything in this car was nasty.

659.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Sprice
A choice for me! Either a 1987 Fiesta 1.6 diesel (you measured 0-60 with a sundial), or a late 80's VW caravelle (or LT, whatever the van version was) with the engine between seats IIRC, slow, noisy, uncomfortable etc.

Regarding the J4 comment, my father had a 1969/70 (H reg) model in purple, but from what I remember, it was spacious in the back (we had a sofa for us kids in there!) even if it never overtook anything!
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Quicksilver
I used to drive some delivery vans during the University holidays in the summer, (early to mid 1970?s). The were several vans available. Transit with V4, Transit with inline 4, Commer van, J4 JU250, J4 JU200 and Bedford CF.

The best was the inline 4 Transit which was very fast and had decent handling and brakes. The slowest was the J4 JU200, (1.6 litre?) and the J4 JU250, (1.8 litre?). The steering was heavy, they were very slow, incredibly noisy and the brakes were very bad. The JU250 did have a large cargo area. The Commer had poor handling but was quite good to drive and quite fast. The Bedford CF was a good vehicle but fuel economy was very poor.

It is easy to see how the Transit was the only one to survive through the 1980?s.

Q.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - corblimeyguvnar
Kangoo, never, Ermintrude contract hire van on a 55 plate was a flyer, tyres a bit too narrow mind :-)
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Worst Car Ever Driven? - autumnboy
Morris Oxford with the front shocks completely knackered.

It was worse than a bouncy castle.


Worst Car Ever Driven? - bell boy
A bmw 528 that a friend owned, after one mile it took on a large ship pretensions and would wander all over the road,i checked everything but couldnt find any faults,he ran it for over a year like this and then advertised it for sale.
Some lads came to look at it when only his wife was at home and got her to check the boot while they were sat in the car,yes they stole it and left her in the road,car turned up much later on the police computer 300 miles away,i often wonder how they managed to drive it that far as i wouldnt and couldnt
Worst Car Ever Driven? - henry k
Morris Oxford with the front shocks completely knackered.
It was worse than a bouncy castle.

>>
Well described

By coincidence, for six weeks while my car was out of action, I too had to drive a Morris Oxford, at night in the same state.
Every bump I hit I was reminded of for the next xx yards. As for cornering, it was frightening.
I had no option but to use it and suffer it through country lanes.
It still makes me "shudder" at the thought.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Martin1981
I know I've mentioned this before, but I must comment on the 1.8 non-turbo diesel Escort van (J reg) I drove about a year ago. Not only was it dreadfully slow (foot through the floor rather than to the floor) just to get it to 30 mph, but was like steering a tank due to no PAS as well as the steering having no feel whatsoever, pulled to one side when braking and the engine sounded like a cross between a tractor and a washing machine on its last legs. Awful. Couldn't get back into the 306TD quick enough-nippy, much smoother and quieter engine, precise steering and decent brakes.

Second worst must be a P reg 1.1 Fiesta I which I had as a courtesy car for a day a few years ago- a right heap of junk in the sense that it was almost as slow as the 1.8D Escort, gearbox was like stirring wallpaper paste, clutch was as sticky as a jam sandwich and the brake pedal you had to stand on to bring the car to a stop. To top it all off, the ignition switch failed, meaning I couldn't start the car to get it back to the garage. Best thing about it was the fact that it had power steering.

Martin
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Manstein
Used to have a job that required the use of many hire cars in a year. Alas my company had a contract with Europcar so lots of Vauxhalls. In 5 years only two vehicles ever conked both of which were Corsa's with that nasty 3 cylinder engine, the fault being an alloy stop for the accelerator cable snapping off. Even without problems a horrible car I never bothered using 5th gear even on motorways.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Car
The worst car I've driven was a Mini 850, my father and me where looking for my 1st car and they gave me the Mini to test drive.

Test drive lasted about 5 mins and in that time I realised the 850 was seriously lacking in power and reverse was near non existent. Took the car back parked up and fled.

The only other bad car I had the pleasure? of driving was a Fiat Cinqento (spelling) pedal layout was terrible and gave me aches after about 30 mins of driving.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Lud
I suppose if HJ were to name the worst car he'd ever driven it would count as naming and shaming. However there must be so many contenders he might have trouble remembering which one was really the worst.

I have to say we are quite a miserable lot judging by the number of posts on this thread. I also get the impression that a fair number of posters have never got to drive anything truly awful.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - mrmender
The worst modern car i've driven was a hire corsa 3 cylinder thingies
No poke, vague steering and my brigs and stratton concrete mixer sounded better
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Xileno {P}
"I suppose if HJ were to name the worst car he'd ever driven it would count as naming and shaming."

I doubt it, he's entitled to express his opinion as we all are.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - R75
Worst car was a Corsa, 3 cylinder hire car - truly awful car. Worst truck was a Bedford TK 16 tonner, it is close thing which was worse, the car or the truck - both deserved to be crushed.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - bell boy
i could pick holes in most posts on here from fiesta 1100 hundreds with power steering (never made) to marinas that had string for steering(they had rack and pinion) however if you all read your posts again you were all driving sheds that have no relevance to the vehicles themselves in the bigger picture of the vehicle dynamics...............sorry
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Bagpuss
I drive a lot of hire cars, so ignoring rubbish from the 70s and 80s, here goes.

Soft targets:
Most things I get to drive in the US. Chevrolet Trailblazer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chevrolet Impala, Cadillac de Ville, Lincoln Town Car. Actually anything apart from the Chrysler 300 and Ford Mustang.

Less soft targets:
Latest Ford Focus, astonishingly bland, ordinary to drive, uninspiring, noisy, uncomfortable and badly finished. Only redeeming feature is the MP3 connector.
Opel Vectra, ditto but without the MP3 connector.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Nsar
I briefly had an Orion saloon 1.3l. Solid red with a gravy brown dash and beige seats.

Surely no-one can top that for gutless performance combined with witless design.

To top it off it gave me a huge electric shock everytime I got out of it.

I really hated it.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - BobbyG
Talbot Samba. Something was wrong with that cars engine which prevented it from starting until I had pushed it half a mile down my road every morning. No amount of work to carburettors, chokes plugs etc would make it want to start.

I learned to drive in it. I passed my test in it (after sitting patiently with the examiner whilst he told me not to flood the engine trying to start it!)

At least mine was blue, my sister had one that was dull yellow, truly awful colour!
Worst Car Ever Driven? - TheOilBurner
The good ol' 3 cylinder Corsa seems to get a lot of mentions here, you have to wonder why Vauxhall ever bothered with it? Especially with that awful Easytronic nonsense...

I'm amazed to see they're still offering that 1.0 engine on the New (heavier) Corsa, although the Easytronic is now reserved for the 1.2, where it may actually work without causing whiplash on every gear change...
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Harmattan
Lada Niva -- unbelievably still available new in France for about £6000. Lada lent me a new one for a week and I foolishly drove from London to Cornwall. On arrival I had to buy some ear defenders from a gunshop before I could bear to drive back. Parts of the carb fell off but were fortunately still lodged underneath when I looked. Steering was reminiscent of my 1954 Ford Pop. I've driven lots of basic cars but this is the only one that ever gave me a migraine.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Mad Maxy
"Equal worst car to own: 1987 Peugeot 205 GTI


How the hell can you say that about such a car? excellent car that still gives a lot of modern so called hot hatches a run for its money."

Great performance and handling, but:

- The boot and tailgate filled up with water
- There was a problem with the hydraulic tappets that I eventually succeeded in demonstraing to the dealer - sounded like a load of ball bearings being shken about inside a vessel
- Driveline shunt and a coarse throttle linkage made it difficult to drive smoothly in slow-mobing traffic - kangaroo progress big-time
- Cheapo plastics and trim inside.

I thought it was a load of badly engineered, badly built rubbish. In contrast the Golf GTI 16V I owned at the same time (1987/8) was everything the Pug wasn't. It was absolutely brilliant in every respect.

Interestingly, later my wife (then GF) bought an F-reg 205 GTI (against my advice). It was a much better behaved car - but still with a cheapo interior.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Glaikit Wee Scunner {P}
"could pick holes in most posts on here from fiesta 1100 hundreds with power steering (never made) to marinas that had string for steering(they had rack and pinion) however if you all read your posts again you were all driving sheds that have no relevance to the vehicles themselves in the bigger picture of the vehicle dynamics...............sorry"

Oldman- normally you talk sense but this is downright insulting. I was talking about almost new vehicles of their era.
I have no reason to believe they were unrepresentative 'sheds'.
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Worst Car Ever Driven? - mjm
As a bit of a change --

The MD of the company had a Jaguar XJR as a company car. I think it was a V8 twin turbo. I used it a couple of times on company business and thought, for £50 grand it was aweful.

Plenty of power, went like stink in a straight line but it didn't give any confidance at all that it would reliably brake and corner. The horrible intrusive whine from the gearbox sounded worse than an old Fordson Major.

All in all I thought it was a poor value for money vehicle. It didn't seem to know whether it was a long distance tourer(too noisy) or a sports coupe(too uncertain)

It replaced a BMW 540, that was a different story.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Lud
As a bit of a change --
The MD of the company had a Jaguar XJR as a
company car. I think it was a V8 twin turbo.

The horrible intrusive whine from the gearbox sounded
worse than an old Fordson Major.


Didn't the first XJR have a straight six with an engine-driven supercharger?

The heady scream of that device may well have seemed horrible and intrusive if it was mistaken for gear noise...
Worst Car Ever Driven? - mjm
You may well be right, Lud, I'm not very "Jag" minded. Whatever it had it was well noisy and the noise seemed out of character with the car.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - LeePower
Love to know how it had a hydraulic tappet problem seeing as the XU5 1.6 & XU9 205 GTI engines never had them.

These engines use shims to set the tappet gap, also the camshaft has to come out to change the shims.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Mad Maxy
Love to know how it had a hydraulic tappet problem seeing
as the XU5 1.6 & XU9 205 GTI engines never had
them.
These engines use shims to set the tappet gap, also the
camshaft has to come out to change the shims.

You're right, and you've enabled me to remember that the fix for the problem was shims. I never did understand why the tappets always sounded fine most of the time, but sometimes - only sometimes - were deafening when it got nice and warm, eg after a long run.

Love to know you haven't got an explanation for that, Leef.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - LeePower
The trick with a PSA petrol XU lump is not to worry about the slight tappet rattle, The time to worry is when they stop rattling.

The cylinder head oil feed pipe was slightly modified in about 1989 to try to stop the tappet rattle but it wasn't till June 1995 that Peugeot released a modified cylinder head on the XU petrol range & finally stopped all the top end rattles.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - BJM38
1990 Skoda Rapide -

Where do I start?

It was fitted with fuel injection and a catalytic converter, which precious few Skoda garages had ever seen - "Oh,bring it in - we've never seen one of them before.", my local dealer said when its first service was due. When it started running like a bag of spanners on the way home from its service, a look under the bonnet revealed a spark plug hanging down off its lead!

They never managed to cure its habit of stalling when idling.

It dumped all its hydraulic fluid into the footwell when the clutch master cylinder went.

Something kept draining the battery.

I remember on one particularly hot day, a cloud of smoke escaping when I opened the door.

After 11 months, the paintwork started to blister around the windows.


Got shot of the car after 12 months. Wife at the time had wanted an "environmentally friendly car", hence the choice of catalytic converter. I bet the car ended up in landfill shortly after I got rid of it!
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Lud
Well ., that model was called the 135. I've only ever seen one of them.

Bit complicated for an Estelle. They worked fine with carburettors. Must say yours sounds like a dog though. Most secondhand Estelles had been neglected, but I suppose yours must have been new?
Worst Car Ever Driven? - BJM38

Well ., that model was called the 135. I've only ever
seen one of them.


Must admit, it was the only one I ever saw on the road. I remember sitting in it waiting for SWMBO to come out of her parents' house one evening. What happened in that time seemed to sum up public opinion of the car - first of all, two men walked past, noticed the car, came back to take a closer look and commented "What's that? Oh, it's only a Skoda". Ten minutes after that, a drunk lurched past and stopped to take a leak against it!
Bit complicated for an Estelle. They worked fine with carburettors.


It was rather entertaining in icy weather with all the weight in the back....

>>Must say yours sounds like a dog though. Most secondhand Estelles had
been neglected, but I suppose yours must have been new?


It's put me off new cars for life. I now prefer to get something a few months old where someone else has had the problems ironed out - I've currently got one of the new Fiat Pandas and have never been happier with a car.

BJ Murphy
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Pugugly {P}
problems ironed out - or dumped on an unsuspecting dealer.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Lud
one evening. What happened in
that time seemed to sum up public opinion of the car
- first of all, two men walked past, noticed the car,
came back to take a closer look and commented "What's that?
Oh, it's only a Skoda". Ten minutes after that, a
drunk lurched past and stopped to take a leak against it!


Well, BJM, I hope you didn't allow the opinions of drunk or idiot passers-by to influence you in any way! Of course the total failure of most people to understand what a Skoda Estelle was ensured that very good examples were almost free for those (few, admittedly) who actually liked them.

In Paris once someone went to the trouble of writing an insulting, pig-ignorant note in English and leaving it under the wiper of my 136. The long arm of Jasper Carrott no doubt.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Pugugly {P}
Motor magazine (i have a copy in the attic) actually compared the rag-top estelle as being a competitor of a Porsche.....yes they really did.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - BJM38
Well, BJM, I hope you didn't allow the opinions of drunk
or idiot passers-by to influence you in any way!


LOL!! The car managed to do that all by itself!

>>Of course the total failure of most people to understand what a Skoda
Estelle was ensured that very good examples were almost free for
those (few, admittedly) who actually liked them.


I'm sure that, for the most part, they were fairly sound cars. A colleague had a 120L, whose only copy book blot was a blown head gasket at 2 years old - which can, and does, happen to all makes.
In Paris once someone went to the trouble of writing an
insulting, pig-ignorant note in English and leaving it under the wiper
of my 136. The long arm of Jasper Carrott no doubt.


And many other lesser comics too....interesting to note how the jokes have dried up in recent years. I have friends who come over from Poland every year, often by car. I remember them coming in a FSO Caro the first time about - a facelifted Polonez, which was itself as a tarted-up 125p (OK, I'll take the anorak off now!) with its roots in the mid-60s. I saw many wonders when I went to Poland for their wedding, including a huge caravan being dragged along by a Fiat Cinquecento.

I think it's fair to say that we shouldn't suspect Central European build quality like we once did, and I'm sure my friends will appreciate my Polish-built Panda this Christmas.


BJ Murphy



Worst Car Ever Driven? - borasport20
Worst Car - a Yugo 45, and thats all I have to say about that.

Worst Vehicle - I used to be an assistant warden on a campsite belonging to one of the country's leading youth organisations, and often had to drive a Ferguson tractor

To start it, you picked up the screwdriver usually left in the holes in the footplate and shorted the solenoid. To change gear, weighing in at about 9st, I had to stand out of the seat and place all my weight on the clutch. - similarly to getting to stop, tho' any braking effect was probably illusory. It had a hand throttle, the link of which had been broken and replace (Scouts Honour, and there's a clue) with a wire coat hanger which bent visibly when you moved the throttle - the response was less than instant.

Probably about a 1/4 to 1/2 a turn play in the steering, the whole rig (we towed traillers round the site) probably being slightly less responsive than an oil tanker.

And the roll bar, bolted on to the rear axle should have have 16 bolts connecting it. It had 5, and some of those were loose. Oh happy days
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Worst Car Ever Driven? - Pugugly {P}
Though I bet it taught you a lot, Mike
Worst Car Ever Driven? - borasport20
Though I bet it taught you a lot, Mike


Well I suppose a few of the trialling tophies now mouldering away in the garage must owe something to the expereince.

Though what I learnt from Viennese Girl Guide Leaders was much, much, more fun


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Worst Car Ever Driven? - ffidrac {P}
Worst driving experience is easy.

I used to work for a vehicle hire firm in Portsmouth (sister companies all over the country) and was asked to deliver a 'swap over' minibus to our Kent sister co and bring back our minibus that had been left there as the back axle 'was a bit noisey'. The Kent workshop manager said it was drivable so it was drive up, drive back.

On collecting the noisey one (0830 on a Saturday morning) I drove it for about 2 yards and then 'phoned the duty w/s manager at Portsmouth as I could hear the diff was missing teeth (Godawful banging from the back!) I was told to 'limp it home' and 'Keep off the motorways'. (On stripdown it was revealed that 3 adjacent teeth were broken on the crown wheel)


Driving above 5 MPH sounded like a work crew in the back with sledgehammers reshaping the back.

Was partially deaf for the rest of the day and had a headache for 2 days after!

Worst Car Ever Driven? - Lud
There was this Austin 7 Ruby? some name or other, from the mid-thirties, boot with a spare wheel shape in it, leather seats, horrible little thing. Friend of mine offered it to me for nothing, in the 70s I think. I drove it round a couple of blocks in Chelsea where he lived. When we reached Flood St, a major road from where we were coming, I applied the brakes. Nothing happened. As I leapt up and stood on the thing, still to very little avail, the owner started laughing.

If he'd told me it had no brakes I'd have approached the whole thing in a different spirit. As it was I was so irritated (although I have to admit also amused) that I said no thanks. Bit dumb really. I suppose a thing like that, with its brakes 'working', would be worth a grand or two now.

I can tell you though, even like that you wouldn't want to drive it around. If it was Joy Rainey's obviously excellent 1904 (I think) Oldsmobile you'd feel differently. But that's 100 years old. This thing was thirties, the Citroen Light 15, Lancia Aprilia and Beetle were already more than gleams in mad scientists' eyes. Ghastly machine. You can understand why BL went down the drain but not how long it took...
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Pugugly {P}
You can understand why BL went down the drain but not how long it took..

Its a wonder they didn't re-badge the Ruby as a Rover.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - malteser
Rover3500 Awful car with dangerously light steering and awful handling for a powerful shed!

Roger. (Costa del Sol, España)
Worst Car Ever Driven? - frazerjp
I think the only bad car id ever driven was a D-reg Ford Fiesta just a few years ago... the test drive only lasted about 5 mins, after the salesman & i swapped seats i sat in the drivers seat, the brakes seemed a bit heavy like it had lack of servo assistance, the engine seemed a bit noisy compared to my Pug 205 which i had fixed eventually.
Second gear was virtually non-existant when you changed down before a corner. The bloke from the garage said 'don't force it!' hmmm i got out of it & walked away saying 'umm i'll be back when i've made my mind up' not that i turned up of course!!
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Its not what you drive, its how you drive it! :-)
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Citroënian {P}
Toyota RAV4, terribly small and uncomfortable, least reassuring handling of anything I've ever driven and I had a Maestro for a while. Shocklingly bad.
-- You know, it\'s not like changing toothpaste
Worst Car Ever Driven? - IanJohnson
Lots of people slating 1.0 Corsa's on here. This is a reasonable car as long as you don't expect blinding performance and sharp cornering - looks as if some people have never driven anything really bad. Try comparing it with a Morris Minor - atrocious by today's standards.

Or a 1.6 Montego - my worst, sluggish, exhibited an alarming degree of understeer and could not cope with speed bumps.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - TheOilBurner
I agree that the 1.0 Corsa is acceptable if you don't want much from a car, IMO it only becomes *really* bad when combined with that dreadful Easytronic excuse for a gearbox.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - PW
OK so not the worst but the most disappointing was my Dads 1995 Merc C180 Classic. Was poverty spec and MB made sure you knew it. Interior looked more like it was from a Hyundai and the engine was gutless.

Dad bought the car when he retired as he wanted a good quality car that would last him several years. Got rid of it two years later.
Worst Car Ever Driven? - Pugugly {P}
Ian - Jumping to the defence of the old Moggie here. I learnt on one and drove it for a year. It certainly had "moments" which prepared me well for the 3 series cars I've owned since ! The handling was er....."pure"(?) You could safely explore the limits of rwd handling when they were properly set up, the steering was pretty good on them, well geared rack and pinion when the rest of the world was driving on recirculating balls and worms (!), admitedly any fros risked a 360 spin !
 

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